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Master Thesis

Application process

Master theses can be applied for all year round. Please send your application to the supervisor of the respective topic. Please use our application form and attach your curriculum vitae, a current transcript of grades as well as any existing diplomas to your application. In the case of unsolicited applications, we additionally ask you to describe your intention briefly but convincingly in the text of your e-mail to Prof. Dr. Laumer.

Prerequisites

Course of study Conditions
Arbeitsmarkt und Personal 5 ECTS of the chair available in the module catalogue or application for exemption
Economics application for exemption
Finance, Auditing, Controlling, Taxation application for exemption
Gesundheitsmanagement und Gesundheitsökonomie application for exemption
International Business Studies none (work must be written in English)
International Information Systems none
Management application for exemption
Marketing application for exemption
Maschinenbau (Studienrichtung International Production Engineering and Management) attended module at the chair
Sozialökonomik attended module at the chair or application for exemption
Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen attended module (of group M7) at the chair
Wirtschaftspädagogik application for exemption

Open Topics

Topic
Supervisor

In this thesis students should analyze digital work systems. These work systems can either be changed because of a new digital technology being implemented or suffer from some challenges such that a recommendation on how to improve the design of the work system is required. In this thesis students should conducted interviews with participants of these work systems and use work system theory to analyze them. This thesis should be written with partners from industry. Students can also develop a teaching case that can be used to teach these lessons learnt to students and managers. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

In this thesis students should analyze benefits and challenges of telework (home-office). This can be done by conducting case studies and interviews with organizations offering telework to their employees, with individuals using the opportunity to work from home or with individuals who are concerned about others doing telework. The master thesis can also consist of literature analysis of case studies reported in the literature to summarize the major lessons learnt from past research in this area. Another opportunity is to develop guidelines what organizations and individuals need to consider when offering the opportunity to telework or when working from remote. Students can also develop a teaching case that can be used to teach these lessons learnt to students and managers. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

In this thesis students should analyze Enterprise Social Networking or the use of Enterprise Social Media in organization. This can be done by conducting case studies and interviews with organizations offering ESN or with employees using ESN at their work. The master thesis can also consist of literature analysis of case studies reported in the literature to summarize the major lessons learnt from past research in this area. Another opportunity is to develop guidelines what organizations and individuals need to consider when offering ESN or when using them for work. Students can also develop a teaching case that can be used to teach these lessons learnt to students and managers. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

In this thesis student should focus on technostress, its causes and consequences. This can be done by case studies and interviews with people working in organizations. The master thesis can also consist of literature analysis of studies reported in the literature to summarize the major lessons learnt from past research in this area. Another opportunity is to develop guidelines what organizations and individuals need to consider in this area. Students can also develop a teaching case that can be used to teach these lessons learnt to students and managers. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

The thesis aims to compare human-human interactions with automated human-computer interactions and to work out which features of digital counseling systems enable or inhibit the acceptance of such systems. The aim is to carry out an experiment by simulating a counseling scenario and by manipulating the acceptance of digital counseling systems.This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

As part of a thesis, students should answer different questions on the subject of “chatbots”. For this purpose, use scenarios for different contexts (for example, medicine, personnel management, service, marketing, sales) can be studied, concrete challenges can be solved by prototypes or questions of chat bot acceptance can be analyzed.This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

More and more job advertisements for graduates are given the addition “digital transformation”. The aim of the thesis is therefore to work out which requirements companies link with the buzzword “digital transformation” and which clusters of digital transformation profiles are sought by companies. For this purpose, job advertisements should be analyzed and categorized.This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

Changing human-computer interactions and current technical developments of search algorithms in job search processes may change requirements for job ads. The aim of the thesis is to take up these developments and to define (technical) requirements for job advertisements of the future.This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

The aim of the thesis is to develop or analyze a digital innovation for distributed work in organizations. The focus can be on digital innovations for distributed work, virtual teams, home office scenarios or other information flows in companies. In the context of the thesis either a digital innovation can be designed or existing innovations can be examined regarding their effects (value contribution, acceptance, unexpected consequences).Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

In addition to system quality, information quality is a major driver of IT user satisfaction. The aim of the thesis is to identify dimensions of information quality and to investigate their effects on the design of information systems.Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

Since May 2018, the DSGVO has been fully applied and companies have had to adapt their business models and processes with regard to data protection requirements. The aim of the final papers is to carry out case studies in order to determine which changes companies, sports associations, clubs or other organizations had to make in order to implement the requirements of the DSGVO. Please apply to sven.laumer@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Prof. Dr. Sven Laumer

When new information technologies are developed, companies must decide whether or not to integrate them into their business processes. One of the many criteria is, among other things, the acceptance this new technology has among employees, who are supposed to use it daily. The aim of the work is to find out which factors play a role in the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into industrial production processes with regard to its acceptance. This is to be done through explorative expert interviews with various occupational groups in the production environment. The master thesis can be written in English or German. If you are interested, please use the application form to apply to quirin.demlehner@fau.de.
Quirin Demlehner

Organizations try to implement digital technologies in a recruiting context to improve their recruiting processes and increase efficiency. The thesis aims to identify academic research within the field of AI recruitment by conducting a systematic literature review. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English Please apply to jessica.ochmann@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Jessica Ochmann

Internet and technology based recruiting is already a common approach in human resource management (HRM) and e-recruiting has significantly spread in recent years. From an organizations point of view there are numerous advantages, e.g. increased speed of application handling. But what do candidates think of automated recruiting and the use of AI? The subject of this thesis is to analyze how job seekers assess automated recruiting and the use of AI in the recruiting process. For this purpose, interviews, focus groups or quantitative studies can be carried out. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to jessica.ochmann@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Jessica Ochmann

With the advance of digital technologies, there are chances to decrease discrimination and increase inclusion within organizations. The thesis aims to examine if automated recruiting can lead to less descrimination within the recruiting process. For this purpose, interviews, focus groups or quantitative studies can be carried out. This thesis and the related application can be handed in in German or English. Please apply to jessica.ochmann@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Jessica Ochmann

In a professional world characterised by high fluctuation rates and constantly changing requirements regarding the competences needed, it is becoming increasingly important for individuals to be able to familiarise themselves with new topics quickly and easily. Digital technologies offer the possibility to strongly individualize the learning process. For example, the application of artificial intelligence (AI) methods can provide precisely tailored and detailed recommendations for personal development.The subject of this thesis is to analyze releant literature in this field. This thesis and the related application can be written in German or English. Please apply to jessica.ochmann@fau.de by using the chair’s application form together with all of your attachments.
Jessica Ochmann